Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts and Smoked Cinnamon

December  1, 2015
1 Ratings
  • Makes about 2 dozen cookies
Author Notes

My recipe is adapted from Table for Two blog—http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/brown-butter-toffee-and-chocolate-chip-cookies—which adapted it from Cook's Illustrated. —Adam Janofsky

What You'll Need
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 3/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon smoked cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a stainless steel skillet over medium high heat, melt 10 tbsp butter and cook 3-5 minutes, until dark golden brown with a nutty aroma, swirling constantly so it doesn't burn.
  2. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and stir in the remaining 4 tbsp butter (room temperature) until it's melted.
  3. Whisk the sugars, salt and vanilla into the butter for 30 seconds. Add egg and egg yolk and mix until smooth.
  4. Let mixture stand for a minute, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 times until the mixture is thick and shiny.
  5. With a rubber spatula, mix in the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  6. Scoop 2 tbsp dough onto cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-12 minutes, until edges are crispy but inside is still soft. Let rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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Adam Janofsky is a reporter in New York City. He's written for the Wall Street Journal, Tablet magazine, Bloomberg News, and the Bangkok Post. He loves lasagna. A lot.

1 Review

Lisa December 4, 2018
LOVE this cookie recipe. This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie. The only change I've made is to use regular cinnamon instead of smoked because I've never been able to find smoked cinnamon. But it is still amazing. I am curious about why there is a need for the cycles of whisking for 30 seconds and then resting for 1 minute. I do it anyway but I'm not sure why it's needed! :)